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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

KCSO offers active shooter incidents response courses 

Is this something that interests you? They’re preparing everyone for the unthinkable — a group of terrorists or a madman shooting at civilians in a crowded public place. Over the last few months, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has hosted several Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT, sessions for law enforcement personnel from throughout the region. Now the sheriff’s office is offering to teach community members how to respond to active shooter incidents.

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Idaho considers powdered alcohol ban 

Am I the only one who's never heard of powdered alcohol? Now that an Arizona company has developed and is preparing to market a form of powdered alcohol, including a “Powderita” that touts, “Just add water for an instant cocktail,” Idaho’s state Liquor Division is proposing legislation to ban the product in the Gem State.

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Idaho flashes red

LEWISTON – Idaho officials say changing the rear lights on snowplows from flashing yellow to flashing red has resulted in fewer mishaps by motorists approaching the road-clearing machines from behind. “Too many people were ignoring the flashing yellows and running right up to the snowplows,” Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead told the Lewiston Tribune. “Flashing red definitely gets a driver’s attention.”

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REAL ID a real issue in Idaho 15 

COEUR d’ALENE — Despite the fact that Idaho is out of compliance with the national REAL ID Act of 2005, Idahoans will still be able to fly commercially and enter federal facilities in 2016. “We were granted an extension until Oct. 10 of 2016,” said Reed Hollinshead, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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RIP Meadowlark Lemon 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Meadowlark Lemon, the "clown prince" of basketball's barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.

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Comments are now enabled 

Was told to start posting at 8 AM and comments would be enabled. Evidently, they were supposed to automatically come back on this morning, but technical difficulties have ensued. Thanks for your patience!

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A cold Christmas for many 

She's lived in North Idaho for 22 years, but Garwood resident Pam Brown doesn't remember ever being without power on Christmas. This year, she and her husband had no electricity for four days leading up to the holiday, until their power was restored Christmas evening.

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From left, Sheri Decker, Nancy Decker and Ernie Buckler sing Christmas carols in the front row at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Spokane, accompanied by the 1966 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ Saturday during the Organ Walk. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Christmas Carol Stroll

Christmas lasted for one more day Saturday as people filled the pews of three downtown churches to sing Christmas hymns. The second annual “Christmas Carol Walk” hosted by the Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists attracted more than 100 people. What's your favorite Christmas Carol/hymn/song?

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THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 2015

Closed until 8 AM Monday 

Huckleberries Online is closed until 8 a.m. Monday when Super Sub Cindy will begin posting again. I won't be posting a Wild Card since the comments section is shut down, too. I'll be on vacay until Monday, Jan. 4. The Boss decided that he'd give all the and blog moderators a break this Christmas and simply close down commenting for awhile.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 12.23.15 11 

This will be the last day we'll be together until Monday, Jan. 4. I'm taking my usual Christmas break to hang out with family and friends until after the New Year. Unlike previous years, the paper is shutting comments at and the blogs down at 8 a.m. Thursday, Christmas Eve Day, until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, when Super Sub Cindy takes over.

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Parting Shot -- 12.23.15 

A snowshoer changes socks and shoes before starting out on a trek in freshly-fallen snow at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., this week. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel.

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Another year winds down 

I have a few thoughts to share with you in this post as I shut things down on another record year at HucksOnline. Below, you'll find out why I'm looking forward to another year on the blog. Meanwhile, I'll be off from tomorrow, Christmas Eve Day until Jan. 4. Cindy will sub next Monday through Wednesday. Brace yourself for cat photos.

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Poll: Let it snow 

A near supermajority of Hucks Nation prefers a white Christmas (28.96%) or is happy that it's snowing because "We need all the snow we can get" (34.39%) after the last two dry winters that led to summer fires across the panhandle.

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Kristen Ward prepares the batter for her crepes the night before her Christmas breakfast. (Adriana Janovich / Spokesman-Review)

A crepe to start Xmas right

Thin and versatile, crepes give the gift of a blank canvas for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch. They make for quite a hearty meal, especially if you treat yourself to two: one savory and one sweet. The SR's Adriana Janovich entices us with a report about crepes that she says make a good surprise gift on Christmas morning.

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A buck looks over the fence Friday at a half-acre in Dalton Gardens where a community-supported agriculture project is taking shape. The abundance of deer is a hazard of gardening in North Idaho. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

Dalton Gardens may sterilize deer 

They've tried trapping and removing the menacing deer. That didn't work. Neither did an effort to get everyone in the Coeur d'Alene-area bedroom community to stop luring the deer and adding to the problem. The next plan? Birth control for town-tamed whitetails.

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Vestal: Count blessings & be happier

Columnist Shawn Vestal of the SR admits that he was short on patience after Wind Storm 2015 knocked out his power for a few days. But the experience, he said, made him appreciate what he had -- and what many others don't. His advice? Count your blessings and be healthier and happier.

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Linda Lantzy, of Idaho Scenic Images, shot this Coeur d'Alene scene recently.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.23.15

The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: First Take: "Star Wars"/Randy Stapilus, Game Day for Gonzaga, Lions/SportsLink, Spend some money on 'The Big Short'/7 Blog, Dalton Gardens eyes birth control for deer/Outdoors, 2015 hunter report due in Washington, Idaho/Outdoors + more ...

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PSA: Beware of traffic light outages 

Coeur d'Alene police are warning motorists that power outages all over town are affecting traffic lights. Caution: " If you approach an intersection with lights that are not working normally, please treat it like an uncontrolled intersection, meaning that it becomes a 4-way stop." You've been warned.

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Whither goeth Zags in 2015-16? 

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and staff, including Donny Daniels, Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd, take the serious approach while the players celebrate a 3-point shot against Pepperdine, Monday, in Spokane. Gonzaga opened WCC play with an easy 99-73 win over Pepperdine. How do you think the Zags will fare this year?

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Snowfall to ease as holiday arrives

Snowfall amounts are expected to begin diminishing through the day Wednesday in the Spokane region, but moderate snow will continue in North Idaho and the Palouse region through Wednesday night. One more inch of snow is expected in Spokane from the current storm and up to another inch of snow could fall overnight.

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